Your car goes through a lot, from food and coffee stains, damage, and burn holes especially if you are a smoker.  A burn hole in your car seat can easily happen if you are fond of smoking while driving. But don’t worry; a burn hole can be fixed.

Check out these simple fixes that will repair a burn hole in a car seat that you can try before getting professional help.

How to fix a burnt hole in a seat made of vinyl

  • Cut out a bigger hole around the burn hole using a scalpel or razor blade.
  • Place the cut out vinyl on top of the new vinyl patch (vinyl patch or repair kit can be purchased from regular stores or online).
  • Cut the new vinyl patch following the pattern of the cut out material.
  • Smooth the seat cover area with a hole using fine grade sandpaper.
  • Then, wipe it clean using alcohol.
  • Iron the new vinyl path into the hole using a regular clothes iron (on low heat setting) or using a hair dryer.

How to fix a burnt hole in a car seat made of leather

  • For burn holes that have not totally penetrated the leather, cut out the burn by making cutting a cross in the burnt part. Cut the burnt part using a scalpel or a razor blade. But if it the burn has penetrated the leather, and then cut the part all the way through.
  • Repair the hole by inserting a fabric of the same color or at least close to the color of the leather. Insert the cloth and make sure to leave at least ½ inch overlap on all edges of the hole.
  • Use a thin object such as paint stirrer to apply the glue into the underside edges of the hole. Press down and let it sit for 20-30 minutes.
  • Apply at least 4 thin layers of leather fillers (leather fillers help repair and cover gaps in the leather). For the fillers to work, allow every coating to dry for at least 3 minutes using a hair dryer before pressing down with your fingers.
  • Leather touch-up kits are available to completely conceal the repair marks. You can apply a touch-up kit right after the leather fillers, but if there’s non-available, you can just skip this part.
  • But for bigger burn holes, it is best to get in touch with a professional to avoid the risk of damaging the car seat further. Leather is the most expensive car seat cover and will cost you high and costly to restore.

How to fix a burnt hole in a scar seat made of fabrics

  • Rub a bit of mayonnaise into the burn hole and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Doing this trick f
  • Scrape the remainder of the burn marks away using a scalpel or cutter.
  • Cut a patch of fabric from underneath the car seat (should match to the pattern or the color of fabric where the hole is).
  • Apply fabric glue to the new patch and place it on top of the burn hole.
  • Press the patch to blend with the old burn hole. Let it dry.

Here’s another approach that you can try to fix a burnt hole in a car seat made of fabrics

  • Scrape fabrics underneath the car seat that is hidden from view. Collect as much fabric fuzz as you can or enough to cover the burn hole in your car seat.
  • Put a generous amount of fabric glue into the burn hole and squeeze in all the fabric fuzz that you have collected into the hole. Use a paint stirrer, scalpel, pencil, or something thin to push the fiber fuzz into the hole. Make sure to place the fabric fuzz flat and blend with the original car seat for it to be barely noticeable.
  • Apply nail polish of the same shade of your car seat to blend the burn hole.

How to fix a burnt hole in car seat headliner or headrest

You can fix this burn hole without replacing your entire headliner by following these steps:

  • Check if the burn hole in your car seat headliner has fully penetrated the cover exposing the foam. If it is visible, but not a big hole, then you can have it fixed doing DIY.
  • Find a fabric or material that matches your car seat headliner. Or select a piece that is close as possible to your headliner. But if your car seat headliner features a design, this can be remedied by replicating the design using high quality drawing pencils.
  • Cut a patch out from your chosen fabric for about quarter inch larger than the actual burn hole. Then, put the fabric on top of the burn hole to see if the size of the patch is fit to the size and color wise.
  • Apply fabric glue on the patch and put on top of the headliner burn hole. Press to help it blend allow to air dry for an hour or so.

How to fix burn hole in a car seat by stitching

*This approach applies for car seat of fabric material*

  • First, prepare a durable needle and thread that you can find in many fabric shops.
  • Cut around the burn hole, extra bigger to obtain the burn marks away.
  • Sew the hole by making an “X” stitch. This is a simple crisscross design that can be done repeatedly on the burn hole to strengthen the stitching.
  • Repeat the “X” pattern until the hole gap is filled with the “X” design pattern.
  • Apply glue into the completed stitch. Let it dry. Apply nail polish of the same shade or color fix to further conceal the repair.

Additional tips:

Dealing with a burn hole in a car seat sounds simple, but this can be complicated depending on the type of material and the size of the hole you are dealing with.

There are multitudes of car seat repair kits available in the market, all with the same claim of fixing your car seat issues. However, it would be best to use whatever material you have at home for DIY projects provided that this will not further your car seat burn hole.

Most repair kits range around $12-25 which you can use to save for expensive repairs in the future. Again, DIY fix for burn hole in a car seat is for minor and small holes only.


If you prefer to do it yourself, you have to have the confidence that you will be able to pull it off.  Fixing a big burn hole in a car seat made of leather requires professional help.

Do not attempt to do DIY as the risk of damaging it further is high. Any mistake doing it on DIY can make the hole bigger.

DIY fix for burn holes in a car seat is a great option if the damage is tiny and small.

How much does it cost to fix a burn hole in a car seat?

It can easily cost you from $800 to $1,200 at a mechanic. Take a bit of mayonnaise (yes, you read that correctly – mayonnaise) and gently rub it on top of the burn hole in the upholstery. To let the mayonnaise soak into the upholstery, allow it to sit for a few minutes.

How do you fix a cigarette burn hole?

How can I fix a hole in my car seat?

How do you remove burn marks from car upholstery?

Begin by taking a bit of mayonnaise and rubbing it on top of the burn hole in the fabric. Let it sit for a few minutes. Use a clean, wet cloth to wash off the residue. This step helps detach the melted burn marks.

Does a burn get darker as it heals?

Superficial partial thickness skin burns heal within seven to 21 days. The burned area may permanently become darker or lighter in color but a scar does not usually form.

How do you get burn marks out of fabric?

Remove Stains From Scorch, Burns
  1. For light scorch, wet the stain with 3 percent hydrogen peroxide. Let stand for several minutes.
  2. Wash using laundry detergent, hot water and chlorine bleach, if safe for fabric. Otherwise, soak in sodium perborate bleach and hot water, then launder.
  3. Sprinkle salt on the stain.

How do you clean a burnt iron with toothpaste?

Smear a small amount of white toothpaste on any affected areas of your iron soleplate. Leave it for a minute then use a clean cloth to wipe the toothpaste away. To finish things off, fill up your iron’s water tank, pop your iron on an old towel or similar, set it to steam, leaving it for a few minutes to work through.

What are scorch marks?

noun. noun. a mark made on a surface by burning There were slight scorch marks on the floor.

How do you get rid of burn marks?

Baking soda
  1. Mix distilled water — a little at time — into two tablespoons of baking soda until it forms a paste.
  2. Wet your scar with distilled water and then apply the paste to the wet scar.
  3. Hold the paste in place with a warm compress for 15 minutes.
  4. Rinse the area and repeat daily.

Do scorch marks wash out?

If you scorch an item while ironing it, there are two fast and easy ways to repair the damage. The trick is to do one of them immediately. A) If you have time, rub liquid laundry detergent into the scorch mark and launder the item right away, using liquid laundry detergent and oxygen bleach, if safe for the fabric.

Why did my iron burn my clothes?

Whether you knew it before or not, you definitely have to clean your iron. — the iron leaves a brown mark on the sleeve. Darn! It could be caused by burned-on spray starch, melted synthetic fabric or rusty water in the reservoir.

Can you get shiny iron marks out of clothes?

How to remove iron marks from clothes? Iron marks, burns or shiny marks can be removed by treating the area with Hydrogen Peroxide. In natural fabrics where shine has occurred, applying steam or vinegar to the spot can help restore the flattened fibers to their natural state.

Why does ironing leave white marks?

These shiny areas occur when the iron is too hot for the fabric and it melts or scorches the fibres. We’ll show you how to remove shiny iron spots and better, how to avoid them in the first place. Whether spots or stripes, avoidance is the key.

Can you fix burnt polyester?

To iron polyester you need to use a low heat setting. However, even the most diligent of homemakers can scorch or melt polyester. Scorched or discolored polyester is fixable. If the polyester melts and becomes shiny or hard, the fabric cannot be repaired.

How do you make fabric less shiny?

Spraying fabrics with vinegar and water can dull shine for a while. Try spraying a panel with 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water (1/4 cup vinegar and 3/4 cup water). Let dry, and if it looks like what you want, do all the panels. Repeat as needed.